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City of Edwardsville repeals its mask ordinance

The City of Edwardsville this week repealed a mask ordinance that has been in place since December 2020, but the city says it will continue to follow Illinois Department of Public Health policies for COVID-19 mitigations.

The City Council passed an ordinance at a time when COVID-19 cases were rapidly increasing in Edwardsville and elsewhere. The ordinance established local rules for mask wearing and social distancing and gave police the ability enforce them. The city it based the decision on updates from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding loosening of mask requirements for those fully vaccinated.

Still, the city, said, it will continue to follow state and IDPH rules for mask wearing and social distancing.

The Governors Bridge Phase Order released on May 17 highlights social distancing and face covering requirements for individuals:

To the extent individuals who are not fully vaccinate dare using shared spaces when outside their residence, including when outdoors, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person who does not live with them.

Any individual who is not fully vaccinated and who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible. All individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, shall be required to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidance, including (1) on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and train and bus stations; (2) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; and (3)

in health-care settings. 3Individuals in schools, day care settings, and educational institutions should continue to follow separate guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions. People who are not fully vaccinated and who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including elderly people and those with a health condition that may make them vulnerable, are urged to stay in their residence and minimize in-person contact with others to the extent possible.

Because in-person contact presents the greatest risk of transmission of COVID-19, Illinoisans who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue limiting in-person contact with others and to expand their social contact cautiously. For residents who are not fully vaccinated, gathering remotely continues to be the safest way to interact with those outside a household or residence.

Public health guidance suggests that the risks of transmission of COVID-19 are greatly reduced outdoors as opposed to indoors. Where possible, Illinoisans who are not fully vaccinate dare encouraged to conduct their activities outdoors.

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